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Position: Senior Trade Facilitation Expert (Vietnam),Trade & Logistics

Country: VietnamCity: Hanoi
Employment Type: LTTA (long term)
Posted Date: 4/22/2021 

The USAID Trade Facilitation Program aims to support Vietnam to adopt and implement a risk management approach to the clearance of goods at Vietnam’s borders. The Program will work with the General Department of Vietnam Customs (GDVC) to strengthen Vietnam’s National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) and NTFC working groups, streamline border clearance procedures (including specialized inspections implemented by other ministries and agencies), harmonize the implementation of risk-based approaches between the national and provincial levels, train national and provincial customs officers on risk management, and facilitate dialogue between customs and business, and between stakeholders in Hanoi and in the provinces.

The Senior Trade Facilitation Expert (STFE) will provide technical expertise in three key areas: 1) on trade facilitation and customs with a focus on strengthening of the NTFC to support implementation of the WTO TFA; 2) streamlining of specialized inspections to reduce time and cost of trade through the introduction of more risk-based management processes; and 3) enhancing partnerships between customs and the private sector through expanding trader-compliance programs and increasing private sector engagement and involvement. The STFE will incorporate international best practices to implement organizational and process change to effect border clearance improvements and will play a critical role in strengthening inter-agency and public-private consultations process, both at national and provincial levels.

Function Note:

The STFE will work closely with the Chief of Party and the Deputy Chief of Party/Senior Customs Expert to support implementation of reforms with partner GVN counterparts. The STFE will have primary responsibility for undertaking activities in Component 1 – “Harmonization and simplification of key risk management and specialized inspections-related policies at the central level and strengthening the role of the NTFC,” and Component 4 – “Enhancing the partnership between Customs and the private sector” of the Program. The STFE will also undertake selected trade facilitation-related activities in Component 2 – “Strengthening National-Provincial (Vertical) coordination of trade facilitation strategies and facilitating import and export of goods,” as required.

Specific tasks include but are not be limited to:

Technical (75%)

  • Simplify and harmonize policies and procedures associated with trade facilitation and specialized inspection across GVN units;
  • Support further development and implementation of the National Single Window (NSW), ASEAN Single Window (ASW) and application of technology;
  • Support the implementation of the WTO TFA Agreement as well as TFA-related provisions included in FTAs participated by Vietnam;
  • Strengthen the role and effectiveness of the NTFC at central and provincial levels, including its Standing Office and any Working Groups;
  • Provide technical assistance on risk management approaches for customs and line ministries;
  • Support GDVC and Line Ministries in the activities preventing origin fraud and illegal transshipment;
  • Collaborate with business process mapping and reengineering;
  • Promote implementation of international best practices on trade facilitation and risk management with public and private stakeholders at national and provincial levels;
  • Support the expansion of Vietnam’s AEO Program;
  • Assist Customs in developing the Customs Development Strategy 2021-2030 and to improve its dissemination and effective execution;

Management (25%)

  • Supervise technical team members in charge of providing the necessary technical support to the above-mentioned tasks;
  • Conduct annual performance reviews for staff under direct supervision;
  • Provide regular training and mentoring to build the capacity of the local team;
  • Contribute to the strategic planning of the Program’s activities;
  • Develop technical scopes of work for the implementation of Program activities;
  • Provide support in the preparation of the Annual Work Plans, Weekly, Quarterly and Annual Progress Report and other reports submitted to USAID;
  • Represent and promote the project at technical workshops and events.

Requirement Note:
  • Advanced degree in international development, customs administration, economics, international trade, business management, law, public policy, or other relevant field.
  • 12+ years of experience in customs reform and trade facilitation, preferably in Southeast Asia;
  • 12+ years of experience in international development.
  • Prior experience working for a national customs administration
  • Experience in business process reengineering and organizational change in customs;
  • Deep expertise in the following areas: World Trade Organization (WTO) and World Customs Organization (WCO) Risk Management requirements; WTO TFA Implementation, Measures and Standards; Customs and Border Management Agencies; and Cross Border Trading Process;
  • Global experience in managing teams;
  • Experience in working and building effective working relations with a wide range of stakeholders, including senior public and private sector officials, think-tanks and academia.
  • Experience in, or exposure to, relevant donor-funded development programs is desirable;
  • Ability to exercise independent and objective analysis and leverage international best practices.
  • Must be an expat